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Laredo, Texas

Rich in south-of-the-border flavor, Laredo is the major international crossing along the U.S.- Mexican border. Established by Spanish land grant in 1755, Laredo became the county seat when Webb County organized in 1848. The city has served under seven flags. Today this bustling border city, known as the Gateway to Mexico, has a diversifed economy stemming from such sources as retail and wholesale consumer products, importing and exporting (Laredo is the nation's largest inland port), petroleum and natural gas, feeds and fertilizers, brick and tile, and visitors from both sides of Rio Grande. Laredo Community College and Texas A&M International University call Laredo home. The recent "maquiladora" industry, a binational manufacturing system where U.S. products are assembled in plants on the Mexican side, is prominent in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo. Since 1898 the Washington's Birthday Celebration has honored George Washington as the first Western Hemisphere leader to free a New World country from the dominion of European rule. The sixteen-day February fiesta is celebrated on both sides of the border and includes parades, fireworks, dances, and an impressive Abrazo coronation ceremony on the International Bridge II. Festivities strengthen friendly ties between Texas and Mexico.

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Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Founded 1848, "New Laredo"

Laredo, TX Day Trips

Laredo Children's Museum

Through hands-on experimentation and exploration, museum encourages the explorer and inventor in children. West End Washington St. on campus of Laredo Community College. Branch museum located just off I-35

Laredo, TX Museums


Washington's Birthday Celebration Museum

Displays of sparkling gowns, photos and other memorabilia tell the story of Laredo's Washington's Birthday Celebration, now more than a century old. At 1000

Laredo, TX Museums

Republic of the Rio Grande Building/Museum

Learn about the time when Laredo was its own country. Seven flags have flown over quaint, one-story building. Whitewashed plaster covers walls of rock and adobe that measure more than two feet thick. Now a museum, building served as capitol of unsuccessful Republic of the Rio Grande;

Laredo, TX Museums

Things to do near Laredo, TX

Choke Canyon Reservoir Horse Trails

Choke Canyon State Park - North Shore Equestrian Area: This area, in excess of 1200 acres with 18 miles of trails, is ...

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Hill Country Golf Club

Course Access: ResortHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...

Alamo Cenotaph

Dominating the plaza in front of the Alamo, the monument was designed by Pompeo Coppini, eminent Italian-born sculptor who ad...

Casa Blanca Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 5 days...